August 16, 2017
by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching and photos by SnowyMountain Photography
Our new race team, ALP Cycles Racing, was lucky enough to race in the Colorado Classic - a 2 day event that raced through the Garden of the Gods of Colorado Springs on Thursday and up Moonstone Climb, a 1km climb that has sections of 15% grade, on Friday in Breckenridge.
We had a team of 6 riders; Lynne Anderson, Kristie Arend, Rachel Plessing, Tracey Jacobs, Kristina Vrouwenvelder, and Cory Popovich. Chris Bondus, from team sponsor Tin Shed Sports, join us to help us as team mechanic and second staff member.
Things got going on Wednesday with team travel to Colorado Springs, rider check in, meetings, and the team presentation.
Photo by SnowyMountain Photography
Thursday morning started early with coffee and breakfast at the house in Colorado Springs. The team rode their bikes to team parking where Chris and I had set up the team "compound" - Tin Shed tent, trainers, van, etc.
We had a team meeting to talk about the day's race, team tactics and strategy, what to expect and what and how to execute for a great race. Most importantly was positioning going into the hard right on Ridge Road that started the QOM climb. The team warmed up, signed in, and bikes were checked for motors. Start time was 10am and the team, along with 75 other racers, were on course and racing.
Though Thursday's race was a short 37miles it was hard both physically and mentally and each rider knew what she had to improve on for the second day of racing in Breckenridge.
Post race, we had a meeting, coffee, lunch, and drove to Frisco. Chris cleaned and fixed up everyone's bikes and we ate a great Italian dinner thanks to team sponsor RiverBound Blue Grass Band.
We were treated to blue sky's and good weather for Friday's race in Breckenridge. The team rode the 11 miles from Frisco to Breckenridge for warm-up. Then it was time for team meeting, course pre ride, sign in and an 11am start.
The Breckenridge course and Moonstone climb proved to be quite difficult with only 29 women finishing within the time limit (10% of the winners time). We knew the course, we were prepared, and the team rode their hearts out. It was hard and it was rewarding.
These 2 days of racing at a very high level were great for the team. All six riders finished the 2 days of racing with new respect for the sport and the kind of mental and physical preparation needed to compete at the next level. They bonded as a team, made new friends and fans, and experienced a life changing event. It was really cool and rewarding to be part of.
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ABOUT ALISON POWERS
Alison Powers only recently retired from cycling, finishing her final season on the UnitedHealthcare Women’s Team. Her career has spanned a wide array of wins, including the 2013 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championship where she won in memorable fashion by soloing after an early breakaway that obliterated the pro women’s peloton. Other standout results during the 33-year-old’s 2013 season include the win at Redlands Bicycle Classic, second at the Tour of Elk Grove, third at the US National Road Championship and the US National Time Trial Championship, and stage wins at Cascade Classic, Tulsa Tough, Tour of the Gila and Redlands Bicycle Classic. Hailing from Fraser, Colorado, Powers has been racing bikes professionally for eight years and is a true athlete with her career beginning as a teenager in mountain bike racing. In her mid 20s, she added in alpine ski racing before switching over to the road. In addition to being the current Criterium National Champion, Powers has two other national championships (Time Trial, Team Pursuit) and 2 NRC titles (2009, 2013).
About ALP Cycles Coaching
ALP Cycles Coaching is located in the mountains of Colorado, and is a cycling coaching company with over 25 years of professional sports experience. ALP Cycles Coaching is unique in that we have 4 coaches, Alison Powers, Jennifer Triplett, and Patricia Schwager who each brings her own coaching strengths and personal experiences. We work together to create a training plan that works for each and every person. Visit them online at http://alpcyclescoaching.com
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